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Saturday's prep roundup: BC's Wolf, STCE 4x400 win girls track titles at Top Times

BLOOMINGTON – Burlington Central senior Kayla Wolf repeated as Illinois Prep Top Times Class 2A girls 800-meter champion Saturday, winning the event in 2:16.2.

It was one of a handful of highlights for Chronicle-area athletes at the renowned indoor track meet at Illinois Wesleyan. In the 3A girls meet, St. Charles East closed with authority, winning the 4x400 relay in 3:57.75.

The quartet of Elizabeth Chmelik, Jordan Shead, Allison Chmelik and Britney Williams collaborated on the title for the Saints.

"I thought the race went really well," Williams said. "We ran faster than we did all season."

Wolf used a strong closing kick to seal her individual victory.

"For her this spring with the weather, it's been so difficult for our kids to get their training in and what they need," Rockets coach Vince Neil said. "To have her perform that way in a sprint event is pretty amazing."

Classmate Katie Trupp finished second in the high jump by clearing a school indoor record 5 feet, 6 inches. Trupp also medaled in the pole vault, clearing 11-6.

Kaneland's Lauren Zick was second in the long jump with a mark of 18-5. The Knights' Brianna Bower placed fourth in the 3,200, running in 11:26.

For the 2A boys, Kaneland excelled in the relays, taking second in the 4x400 in 3:29 and fourth in the 4x800 in 8:18. Nathaniel Kucera and Kyle Carter competed for both groups.

"It could have been a little bit better, but it's early in the season and it's indoor," Knights coach Eric Baron said. "It is what it is, and we're looking forward to getting outside."
In 3A, top-seeded Kevin Grahovec of Marmion finished second in the 800 by the slimmest of margins, running .01 seconds behind champion Connor Rachford of Bartlett (1:58.66).
East's Allison Chmelik was fourth in the girls triple jump with a 36-4.

Geneva 2-1 on spring trip:
At Lenz Field in Jacksonville, Geneva defeated Danville (4-2) and Buffalo Grove (15-1 in five innings) to close its weekend trip on a winning note.

The Vikings (2-1) opened the season with a 9-6 loss to Jacksonville Friday night.

Max Novak picked up the victory in the Danville game, spacing three hits and six strikeouts in six innings. Tony Landi followed by allowing one hit and one unearned run while striking out six in five innings against Buffalo Grove.

Jake Weede collected four hits on the day. Danny Berendt went 4 for 4 with three doubles in the Buffalo Grove game.

St. Charles East 5, St. Edward 0:
At Elgin, Amanda Hilton's first-half goal proved the game winner for East (1-1), which accelerated the pressure after intermission. The Saints scored four times in the final 40 minutes, with Carly Pottle tallying twice.
"It was anise game for us to get outside, to get out there and actually get playing," East coach Paul Jennison said. "We were pretty comfortable, especially in the second half, with possession and moving forward."
Lake Park tournament: Batavia 3, Glenbard South 0: At Olympic Park in Schaumburg, Shelby Stone, Karina Rosales and Amanda Trefil netted goals for 2-0 Batavia in its tournament opener.
The game was played on an artificial AstroPlay field that measured 60 yards by 100 yards.
"Pretty narrow fields, but we still got our chances and still could have put more goals in," Bulldogs coach Mark Gianfrancesco said. "Again, we haven't played for a week, though, and it' sonly the second time out this year. We'll take it and we'll just keep focusing on improving."

Geneva wins division at Plainfield North tourney:
Geneva finished 4-0-1 behind all-tournament team selection Mason Stierwalt (43 kills), winning the tournament's silver division.

The Vikings defeated Fenton, Proviso West Bolingbrook and Plainfield East while splitting two games against Plainfield North.

Geneva second at TF South tournament:
At Lansing, Geneva finished second in the eight-team Thornton Fractional South tournament, going 6-1.

The Vikings (16-3) were boosted by a trio of runner-up individual finishes. Ann Green (No. 1 singles), Melanie Burkhardt (No. 2) singles and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Cara Birschbach and Nila Kannankeril all took second.

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